Career and volunteer firefighter Rob Boost was doing the job he loved, fighting fires in Tasmania's South West National Park in February 2016, when he was struck on the helmet by a falling branch.
Necessity is the mother of invention! Inspired by the benefits of the Cleveland hose lay, these firefighters in Tasmania have built a hose rolling device at station to assist in quickly packaging up their hose into the Cleveland Lay. Hose rolling tools are nothing new, but this one is designed specifically with the Cleveland Lay in mind and from what they said, it works a charm!
Last year we posted about the benefits of the "Cleveland Roll" or "Cleveland Lay", particularly when used for structure fires or fires in confined spaces. The roll is also immensely useful for bush fires where you are unable to roll out hose due to the thickness of the scrub or the terrain you're working in. Have a look at this video of it being used at a recent fire in Tasmania!
Devonport Fire Brigade from Tasmania recently competed in the 2017 Australasian Firefighting Championships in Carterton, New Zealand. Fire Stations from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji competed in the championships and Devonport finished 6th overall, making them the highest placing Australian team in the championship, behind 5 New Zealand teams!
Have a look over New Norfolk 3.2 CAFS Tanker from the Tasmanian Fire Service, thanks to Sam Maxwell.
Firefighters from Taroona VFB undertook a series of training scenarios involving both LPG cylinders and car fires.
The end of 2016 saw fire stations from all over the country taking Santa around to schools, homes, street parties and even commissioner's houses!...